Your day will begin in Piazza della Signoria, where you’ll meet up with your guide. Hear how the city became the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ under the patronage of the Medici family. If your group exceeds six people, you'll be provided with a headset to ensure you hear your guide clearly.
Head to the Uffizi Gallery, skipping the long lines with your direct-access ticket. Learn the history and techniques behind the Renaissance’s greatest masterpieces, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.
Pause at the gallery’s scenic terrace before stepping into the hidden world of the Vasari Corridor, masked behind one of the Uffizi’s nondescript doors.
This elevated corridor was built in the 16th century to accommodate the secret comings and goings of the Medici family. An architectural marvel, the passageway leads from the Pitti Palace, through a church and over the Ponte Vecchio to the center of the city. Today, the corridor is home to an impressive portrait collection and rarely open to the public. Admire the art on display and catch views of the city from the circular windows.
Enjoy some free time to purchase lunch before reuniting with your guide at Piazza della Signoria. Head to the Accademia Gallery, skipping the main entrance lines to view Michelangelo’s David. Examine the lifelike qualities of the Carrara marble statue. Then follow your guide to the artist’s unfinished sculptures, The Prisoners and St Matthew, and visit a selection of works from other Renaissance masters.
Your tour will conclude in the gallery, where you can continue exploring independently if you wish.